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AmongthemanydelightsofthisissueisaheartwarmingarticleaboutourstaffrecallingunforgettableILAmoments.SeeDirectCareStaffReectonTheirFavoriteILAMemoriespage12.IwasdeeplytouchedwhenIrstreadthosereminiscenceswhichareproofthatwhatILAdoesisalaboroflove.IencourageyoutoreadthatarticletoseewhatworkingatourAgencymeanstostafflikeIrisQuirindangoMarieRoseReneDanielMikokuRuthMohammedEvaMcKoyMarciaMcIntoshMargaretYancyandMichaelWilliams.Butthisarticleisnotaboutnostalgia.Itsaboutthefuture.Thescopeandfundingofourserviceswilldrasticallychangeinthenextfewyears.Withinourcurrentstructureweproudlyprovideindividualizedservicesandactivitiesbutgovernmentfunderswanttomoveagenciestowardsmallerresidencesandstafngarrangementsalternativesto247goalswhichIembrace.HoweverIamconcernedthatthesuccessesourIndividualshaveachievedarenotlostintheever-evolvingconceptofindividualizedcare.Theoutcomemaybefewerpeeractivitiesandlessinvolvementofdirectcarestaffresultingintheunintendedconsequenceofisolation.Soasyoureadthearticleconsiderthemovingscenestheirstoriesevokebecausethesetalesofsuccesschallengeustodoevenbetteraswemovetowardanunsettledfuture.Thesestoriesareinspirationalremindersthatwemustnevercompromiseourprinciples.CommunityInclusionasaSocialResponsibilityWhenIrissaysThebestpartofmyjobistakingtheIndividualsoncommunityinclusionactivitiestheentirehistoryofoureldcomestomind.Wetakeforgrantedtheavailabilityofsuchactivitiesasbowlingoutingsamusementparktripsmuseumvisitsormerewalksinthepark.Buttheywerenotalwaysthereforallourcitizens.Thefoundersofoureldfoughtforthesesimpledignities.WhileIndividualsbenetgreatlyfromcommunityinclusiontheyalsoeagerlyattendmanylargeILAgroupactivities.Itistheirchoicetodosoandtheyenjoythemimmensely.Yetnewerideologiesdiscouragetheseactivities.Myhopeisthattheseactivitiesarenotregulatedoutofexistence.TheNecessityofServicesMargarettellsusthathernativecountryprovidesnoresidentialservicesforthedevelopmentallydisabled.ThatfactshowshowfarwehavecomeintheUSandinNewYorkinparticularbutalsohoweasyitistofallbacktothosedarkdaysifwedonotmaintainourvigilanceonbehalfofourIndividualsrights.EnjoyingAllLifeHastoOfferDanieltalksaboutthevaluethatIndividualsndintakingavacation.TheseextrasgoalongwaytowardhelpingIndividualsrealizeaqualityoflifethattherestofusdo.Yetnancingthoseexperiencesisbecomingmorepoliticizedandcomplicatedbynewfundingmechanisms.Asaresultthreatsincreaseinsocietyslivinguptoitsresponsibilitytomakealifeforallpeopleregardlessoftheirability.MedicalChallengesAreInevitableInthearticleyouwillreadaboutthreeremarkabletriumphsovermedicalchallengeswhicharebecomingagrowingconcernasourpopulationages.MarciatellsofthesupportanIndividualreceivedasherecoveredfromcoloncancersurgeryandyearslaterhiscancerremainsinremission.EvagivesanaccountofhowphysicalandoccupationaltherapyhelpedanIndividualrecoverfromanaccident.MessagefromtheExecutiveDirectorLookingBacktoLookAheadByArthurPalevskyExecutiveDirectorcontinuedonpage5ArthurPalevskyExecutiveDirectorPhotobyBenjaminO.SotoCoverpageMarciaMcIntoshResidenceSupervisorResidentialNursestandingcenterenjoyingamomentwithCarltonAvenueResidencestaffandIndividuals.SeeDirectCareStaffReectonTheirFavoriteILAMemoriesonpages12-13forreminiscencesfromMarciaandsevenotherILAstaffaboutworkingwithIndividuals.PhotobyBenjaminO.Soto2 StaffWatchAnnWelbeckByKellyKassContributingWritercontinuedonpage14Itakeprideinthishouse.ThisisnotworkthisishomesaysAnnWelbeckAssistantSupervisorofILAFaberStreetResidenceforthelastfouryears.Ms.Welbeckswarmthandenthusiasmimmediatelyappearasshedescribesajobthatshediscoveredonawhim.IrstheardaboutILAnineyearsagofromaclientwhenIwasstillworkingatLibertyTravel.IwoundupgettinghiredatOceanAvenueasadirectcarecounseloronweekendssherecalls.NownineyearswiththeAgencyMs.WelbeckreectsItsmorethanjustajobforextramoney.HerdayisbrightenedbyhugsandsmilesfromtheFaberStreetIndividuals.Itdoesntgetanybetterthanthatshepointsout.Anychallengecanhappenataresidenceonagivendayincluding545a.m.phonecallsstaffissuesorwashingmachinerepairs.ButMs.WelbeckhandleseverythingwithgracesomuchsothatevenExecutiveDirectorArthurPalevskyreferstoherastheladywiththesmile.Behindthesmileandgraciousnessisatake-chargeleaderwhoensuresthateverythingatFaberStreetisintip-topshape.Thisismysecondhomesheexplains.Werecentlyorderednewdiningroomfurniture.Aweeklaterthechairwassliding.IdidntwantitrepairedIwantedanewone.Iwoulddothisformyownhome.IndividualscomfortandwellbeingareparamounttoMs.Welbeckandshetreatsthemasiftheywereherownchildren.Ilovethemandhowtheyrespondtome.TheydontjustknowmeastheirAssistantSupervisortheyknowmeaspartoftheirfamily.Thatsspecial.EvenstaffsaythatwhenIamaroundtheybehavedifferently.Thisismorethanjustajobforme.IbelieveinILAsmission.Thiscouldbemysonornepheworgrandchild.BuildingastrongfoundationandhavinggoodspecialpeoplecarefortheseIndividuals-itsgreatbeingapartofthat.SheaddspraiseforherFaberStreetcolleaguesIreallyenjoyworkingwithmyResidenceSupervisorFodayDaramyandmyAreaCoordinatorLindaSchnabelandalltheFaberStreetstaff.LivingLifetotheFullestToensureIndividualsexperienceastrongqualityoflifeMs.WelbeckoftenaddslittletouchesthatmakeFaberStreetfeellikehome.DuringherinterviewforthisarticleelectriciansarrivedtoinstallanewlightingxturethatAnnselectedherself.Iwantusalltolivelifetothefullestandenjoynicethingssheexplains.Ms.Welbeckspositiveoutlookhashelpedherasshetwiceenduredbattleswithcancer.ThesecondtimeshewasdiagnosedshewasworkingparttimeatOceanAvenueandhadtoleavetobegintreatment.AftermytreatmentLibertyTravelofferedmeapackagewhichwastoogoodtorefusebecauseradiationandchemotherapyreallytookatollonme.AfterInishedthetreatmentIcalledILAtocomebacktowork.Theysaidofcourseandwelcomedmewithopenarms.TheyhadanopeningatFaberStreetsoImetwithLindaSchnabelandhereIam.Ms.WelbeckisgratefultoILAfortheAgencysstrongsupportasshecontendedwithherillness.DuringanunfortunatesetbacklastyearshereceivedabeautifulgiftbasketfromtheAgencywhileinthehospital.Themanagementhereisgreat.ArthurAvaMorganDirectorofOperationsandPatPerkinsDirectorofResidentialServicesmakeyoufeelspecialshesays.Peoplesaythesameabouther.AsshewelcomedanIndividualandstaffmemberfromtheJewettAvenueResidencewithpizzaandcupcakesFaberStreetDirectCareCounselorMelWatsonsaidAnnisveryhardworking.Herpassionreallyshinesthrough.LindaSchnabelechoesMelssentimentsAmongMs.WelbecksmanywonderfulqualitiestheonethatstandsoutthemosttomeisheradvocacyfortheIndividualsweserve.Ms.WelbeckoperatesfromanIndividual-rstperspective.Herempathyandcompassionaretrulynoteworthyandcommendable.AlsoMs.Welbeckhasanabsolutelyamazingoutlookonlife.Heroptimisticpointofviewisinfectiousandajoytobearound.OutsideofILAWorkingwithIndividualshitsclosetohomeforMs.Welbeck.HerownsonKeith24isautisticandlivesinaStatenIslandresidence.BecauseofKeithsherstmovedtoStatenIslandsinceAnnWelbeckAssistantSupervisorFaberStreetResidencePhotobyKellyKass3 IrsthadtheopportunitytomeetAudreyPearsonin2005whenIinterviewedherforTheSpectatorforaproleofnewILABoardmembers.AfterspeakingwithMs.PearsonIknewtheBoardhadarealasset.Notonlywasshehumbleandgraciousshebroughttoherroleyearsofvaluableexperienceasanaccomplishedprofessionalinmentalhealthandsocialwork.ShecommendedILAforchanginglivesandgivingpeopletheopportunitytoliveafulllifeofpossibility.ShewasexcitedaboutbeingpartofanAgencywithsuchanoteworthymissionandvowedtobringalotofenergyandpassiontotheBoard.Andthatshedid.Ms.Pearsonwouldalwaysgreetpeoplewithawarmsmile.Shetookagenuineinterestinothersandwasextremelypersonable.SheshowedthatrsthandatseveralILAgolfoutings.AtoneoutingshebroughthermotherCamellia.WatchingtheminteractIcouldtelltheywerepartofaclose-knitfamily.AndsheinheritedhermotherslovelysmileAnexemplaryBoardmemberSpeakingatMs.PearsonswakeinJamaicaQueensonJanuary112014ILABoardChairmanMikeKasscommendedherfordedicatedservicetotheAgencyUsingherconsiderableskillsandexpertiseAudreyprovidedinvaluablehelpoverseeingoperationsandestablishingprogrampolicies.Mostnotablewashersinglehandedlycompletingastudythatshowedwaystosalvageandimproveamajorpartoftheprogramthatgreatlyneededimprovement.Shealsoservedononeofourmostimportantcommitteesthatcompletedthechallengingtaskofrestructuringpersonnelpoliciesforouremployees.Mr.KassspokefranklyaboutMs.Pearsonsstrengthandcourage.NotrevealinghowadvancedherillnesshadbecomeshetraveledfartoattendourlastBoardmeetingonlytwomonthsago.Andduringhertenurewithusdespitehavingaverybusyschedulesheattendedjustabouteverymeeting.ApathtohelpingothersMs.Pearsonseulogydetailshernotableachievementswhichstartedatayoungage.AnativeoftheBronxshegraduatedfromtheprestigiousBronxHighSchoolofSciencewithaNewYorkStateRegentsScholarship.WhilestudyingatWilberforceUniversityMs.PearsonsanginthechoirworkedtosupportherselfandmadetheDeansListbeforereceivingherB.A.in1969.ShethenattendedNewYorkUniversityonascholarshipgraduatingcumlaudewithaMastersofSocialWork.DuringherdistinguishedcareerMs.PearsonworkedforEdwinGouldServicesforChildrenandshewasaprogramcoordinatorforNewYorkCityHealthServicesAdministrationforPrisonMentalHealth.ShewasalsoCoordinatorforWashingtonHeightsMentalHealthCenterClinicDirectorofBedfordStuyvesantCommunityMentalHealthCenterandDeputyDirectorofCommunityServiceatKingsboroPsychiatricCenter.In1981Ms.PearsonbecameaSupervisoroftheNeighborhoodHelpCenterofQueensHospitalCenterwheresheretiredin2007asDirector.Ms.Pearsonopenedaprivatepracticeasacertiedclinicalsocialworkertakingonclientsregardlessofwhethertheycouldpay.AstaunchadvocateforthementallyillshewasamemberofAmnestyInternationalandtheNationalAssociationofSocialWorkers.AloveofsongMs.PearsonlovedtosingbelongingtoseveralchurchchoirsincludingSt.BonaventureSt.BenedicttheMoorSt.JosephandSt.ClementPope.ShealsosangfortheInterboroChoralSocietyandtheSisterTheaBowmanChoiramongothers.AudreywasatrulygiftedpersonwhowalkedamongthefewgenuinelyelitepeopleofthisworldMr.Kasssaid.MyfellowBoardmembersandIfeelprivilegedtohaveknownherandwillalwaysbegratefulforheroutstandingandunselsheffortstoimprovethequalityofthelivesofthespecialpeoplewhohavebeenplacedinourcare.Sheisirreplaceableandwillneverbeforgotten.Ms.PearsonissurvivedbyhersistersJeanThomasKathyRichandToyHollowayabrother-in-lawPeterHeadleyhernephewsWilliamHollowayTravisJohnsonandPeterThomashergrandniecesandgrandnephewsanddevotedcousinsandfriends.RememberingILABoardMemberAudreyPearsonMay251943January72014ByKellyKassContributingWriterWhatsInsideMessagefromtheExecutiveDirectorp.2StaffWatchAnnWelbeckp.3RememberingILABoardMemberAudreyPearsonp.4DirectCareCounselorsHonoredinBrooklynandStatenIslandp.6The2013ILADirectSupportProfessionalsHonoredatHopeAvenueand103ClintonAvenuep.7ILAScoresaHole-in-OnewithSeventhAnnualGolfOutingp.8ILAIndividualsEnjoyHolidayCheeronStatenIslandp.10StaffAppreciationAboundsatILAp.11DirectCareStaffReectontheirFavoriteILAMemoriesp.12VincentFauciHonoredinBrooklynp.14ILALosesTwoFriendsp.154 InMemoriamAudreyPearsonTheILABoardMembersandExecutiveDirectorreminisceaboutAudreyPearsonssingularcontributionstotheILAfamily.Dr.BarbaraKirwinILABoardMemberAtBoardMeetingsIoftensatnexttoAudreybecauseshewasalwayssofriendlywittyandfulloflife.IneverheardAudreysayanegativewordaboutanythingexceptwhenitcametoprotectingILAsreputationandthelevelofcareforourIndividualswhomshewasercelydedicatedtoprotecting.Audreywasaladyofdignityandeleganceaconsummatementalhealthprofessionalwhowasalsostreetwisethroughhermanyyearsofexperienceinthesocialservicesector.WheneverprojectswereproposedthatmightbeunwiseoradeparturefromILAsusualwayofdoingbusinessAudreycouldgalvanizetheentireBoardbehindherbyrmlyandquietlyremindingusThisisnotwhatILAisallabout.IsatnexttoAudreyinNovemberatherlastBoardmeeting.Iraisedmyglasstotoastherandthecourageshewasmanifestinginherghtagainstcancer.ToILAscontinuedsuccesssheresponded.EvenwhenshebecameillAudreyPearsonalwaysputthemissionofILAbeforeherownpersonalneeds.ShedevotedmuchtimeandexpertisetoherdutiesasaBoardMemberandvolunteeredformanyspecialcommitteemeetings.AudreyPearsonSocialWorkerhumanitarianandgenuinelydecentandhumblepersonwillbesorelymissed.CarltonT.ButlerEsq.ILABoardMemberAudreywasalwaysfocusedonwhatwasbestforILAsIndividuals.ShewastheembodimentofcompassionandlivedforandbyherfaithandbeliefinalovingGod.Wearebetterbecauseweknewher.Untilwemeetagainmyfriend.MarvinHollowayILABoardMemberWhenwethinkofAudreyPearsonwethinkofakindgivingpersonalwaysreadytohelpmakeitbetterforothers.Shecouldalsoseethroughcamouagethatgetsinthewayremoveitandgetthingsgoing.MarshaWillnerILABoardMemberAudreyPearsonwasanextraordinaryperson.ShedidwonderfulworkforILAandwewillallmissherverymuch.DavidBlumILABoardMemberAudreycameontotheBoardwithimpeccablecredentialsandshecertainlyliveduptothem.Shewasextremelyprofessionalandknowledgeableandshebroughtstronginsighttooureld.ShewasatrueassettotheBoardofDirectors.ArthurPalevskyILAExecutiveDirectorAudreyhadconsiderableinuenceontheBoard.WithasinglequestionorstatementofpositionAudreywouldconvincinglymovetheBoardforwardtoaccomplishILAsmission.HerinuencewasdeeplyrootedinherexperienceinthehumanserviceseldandhercommitmenttoourIndividuals.NotallofILAsstaffareawareofAudreyscontributionstoILA.ItisunfortunatebutIbelievethatshepreferreditthatway.Audreydidgoodforthesakeofdoinggood.AudreyPearsonrightwithfellowBoardMembersMarvinHollowayandDr.BarbaraKirwin.MichaelrelatesastoryofhowtheresilienceofoneofourIndividualsDonnaenableshertocontendwithmultiplephysicaldisabilitieswiththesupportofourstaffandexcellentmedicaltreatment.AllofthesestoriesarespecialremindersthatasthecaretakerofourIndividualswemustadvocatetirelesslyfortheirrighttomedicalcareandaqualitylifeinasupportiveenvironment.TheTrialsofLongevityThinkaboutRuthsbeautifulstoryofhowsomeofherIndividualswouldstrollacrosstheboardwalkanddreamofsailingonboatspassinginthebay.Thosesamepeoplearenowmedicallyfrailandunabletoenjoythosewalks.Thisisnotastoryofdespairbutofhope.ThoseofuswholivelongenoughwillfacethatsamefatebutweshouldlivethosedayswiththedignitywedeserveandthesupportweearnedasdoILAresidents.ILAwillcontinuetofacethechallengesofcommunityinclusionandhealthcarefundingbutourghttoobtaintheserightswillbefueledbyinspiringcommentsfrompeoplelikeCarmelaCiceroDonnasmotherwhosaysthatourstafftreatsDonnasowellthatsheknowsherdaughterishome.AndwhenMarieexplainsthatourIndividualsshowtheycareaboutstaffasmuchasstaffcaresaboutthemwhatmoredoweneedMessagefromtheExecutiveDirectorLookingBacktoLookAheadcontinuedfrompage2HoldtheDateILAEighthAnnualGolfOutingRemembertojoinILAfamilyandfriendsforagreatdayinthesunandaneveningoffunattheeighthannualgolfoutingatHarborLinksGolfCoursePortWashingtonNewYorkonSeptember182014.Callusat718-852-2000forinformationonhowtobecomeapartofourteam5 ForNationalDirectSupportProfessionalRecognitionWeekinSeptemberILAhonoredselectedILADirectCareCounselorsDCCsinceremoniesatthe103ClintonAvenueandHopeAvenueresidences.Connectivityandafamily-likeenvironmentAt103ClintonBrooklynDCCswererecognizedfortheirexemplaryround-the-clockcareofILAsIndividuals.AddressingthehonoreesAreaCoordinatorFredaMcDufesaidYourspiritsleadyouinsuchapositivedirection.Youexemplifythequalitiesthatweexpectfromourcounselors.ILAsDirectorofOperationsAvaMorganandDirectorofResidentialServicesPatriciaPerkinswerealsoat103Clintontospreadtheaccolades.PatriciacommentedTheworkistoughbutyouloveyourIndividualsandtheyloveyou.ShealsocreditedILAsAreaCoordinatorsandtheHumanResourcesteamfortheirhardworkinorganizingtherecognitionevents.AvasaidIalsoworkedindirectcare.ItistheheartofwhatwedobecauseeverydaywehavetoensurethatourIndividualsarebeingtakencareof.Avaalsonotedhowtheeldischangingthankstonewcerticationsbythestateaswellasacodeofethicsthatdirectsupportprofessionalsmustsign.Whatthisdoesisbroadenyouropportunitiesinmovingupintheeldandtowhateverdirectionyoudecidetopursue.Wewanttothankyouverymuchforyourdedicationloyaltyandhardwork.Werespectandappreciatewhatyoudoeveryday.CongratulationstoallDirectCareCounselorsHonoredinBrooklynandStatenIslandByKellyKassContributingWritertrulyliveoutthemissionstatementoftheAgency.EverypieceofinformationknownaboutourIndividualsisfromtheexperienceandobservationofdirectcarecounselors.Theyaretrueprofessionals.StatenIslandAreaCoordinatorLindaSchnabelremarkedDirectcarestaffplaynumerousrolesinourIndividualslivesbutmostimportantlytheyaretheirvoices.Theydeserveourappreciationandrespecteveryday.Itwasanabsolutepleasuretobeapartofsuchajoyousoccasion.FrancisBatamawasoneofthedaysluckyawardrecipientsrecognizedforhisworkasadirectcarecounseloratHopeAvenue.ReactingtothehonorFrancissaidIamthankfultotheILAfamilyespeciallythemanagementthatselectedmefortheaward.IwillcontinuetokeepmyIndividualshappyatalltimes.CommentingontheweeksrecognitioneventsAreaCoordinatorFayeBobb-SampsonsaidIstartedoutindirectcare.Withoutdirectcarecounselorsthereisnous.WhateverweaskincludingworkingdoubleshiftsduringHurricaneSandytheydo.Individualslooktodirectcarestaffeverydaytheyarethefamilytheyknow.Theydependonthemandtrustthemanddirectcarecounselorsarethereinsicknesshappinessandcelebration.FayealsolaudedILAforregularlyrecognizingdirectcaresupportstaffWealsohonoroneortwopeopleataresidenceeverymonthtoletthemknowthatwereawareofthegreatjobtheyredoing.Theworkthatdirectcarestaffdoesistrulypriceless.Attendeesatthe103ClintonAvenueeventweremovedbytheoutpouringofappreciationduringtheceremonywhichincludednotonlykindwordsfromsupervisorsandAreaCoordinatorsbutgiftcardsrosesandacateredluncheon.AvideoproducedbyBenjaminSotoResourceSpecialistexhibitedtheexcellentqualityofcaredirectcarecounselorsgivetoIndividuals.AntoinetteFortesAssistantSupervisorof40GarnetStreetremarkedIthinkorganizinganeventliketodaysiswonderful.ItshowsthattheAgencyappreciatestheworkthatpeopledo.Thissetsagoodexampleforotherstoaspireto.Manystaffstayintheeldfor20-30yearsbecausetheyfeelaconnectionwiththeIndividuals.Thebondleadstorealconnectivityandafamily-likeenvironmentsaidMs.Fortes.TheyliveoutthemissionAtHopeAvenueinStatenIslandthemoodwasequallyspiritedduringthefestivities.HopeAvenuesResidentialSupervisorDanielMikokuenjoyedthecamaraderieofthedayaswellasthehumbleresponseofmanyoftheawardrecipients.Whatstoodouttomewasthattheyacknowledgedtheirsuccesswasbasedlargelyonteameffort.Danielalsolikedthebalanceofnewandrepeatnominees.Danielknowsthatthejobofdirectcarecounselorsisextremelyimportant.HepointedoutthattheyneedanIndividual-centeredapproachstronginitiativetheabilitytoworkasateamandintrinsicself-motivation.IconsiderDCCstobetheheartbeatofthiseld.They6 Brooklynaward-winningdirectcarecounselorsILADirectorofOperationsAvaMorganleftandDirectorofResidentialServicesPatriciaPerkinsaddressingexceptionaldirectcarestaffat103ClintonAvenueResidence.PhotosbyTanyaDinkinsKellyKassandLindaSchnabelStatenIslandaward-winningdirectcarecounselorsILAmanagementbestowingrosesofexcellencetodirectcarestaffThe2013ILADirectSupportProfessionalshonoredatHopeAvenueand103ClintonAvenueJenniferArsenaultLucilleAvenueAhmedBaddooSouthGreenleafAvenueFrancisBatamaHopeAvenueGuerdaBresil125LenoxRoadDawnCarterFortHamiltonParkwayGeraldineChaddertonFlatbushAvenueLoriceDixon103ClintonAvenueJovannaDunn109ClintonAvenueYvelineDurandisseBatteryPlaceNathalieEtienne691MadisonStreetViviaGaylePacifcStreetOusmaneGuirassyWest48thStreetSammyJohnsonBushAvenueVarleeKamaraLamokaAvenueLydiaKyeiButlerAvenueMiriamLawsonCarltonAvenueLucilleLobanNewYorkAvenueTianaMcMillan49MadisonStreetRuthMohammedOceanAvenueClementOjomo50thStreetWillieMaePalmer80LenoxRoadSelenaPersadsinghWaverlyAvenueDaphneSt.Vil691MadisonStreetJuanSanchezJewettAvenueNoussonTiemokoFaberStreetEmmanuelYancyCharlesAvenueNickersonZamyGarnetStreet7 YoucouldnthaveaskedforabetterdaywastheconsensusfromgolfersattheILAsseventhannualgolfoutingatHarborLinksGolfCourseinPortWashingtonNewYork.AwarmsunnyOctoberdaygreetedgolfersacrowdofmanyfamiliarfacesandafewnewonestoo.Inall144peopletooktothecoursethelargestnumbereverforanILAgolfoutingsomanythatGolfCommitteeChairpersonTinaM.Inchierchierahadtoreluctantlyturnpeopleaway.Thisdayhasgrownintosuchabigevent.ThiswasthersttimeIhaveeverhadtodothatshesaidwhileaddressingthecrowdattheimpressivedinnerthatfollowedthetournament.AnotherrstAneventemcee.WABC-TVsCarolinaLeiddidthehonors.Herwarmdown-to-earthdispositionwasagreattforsuchanoteworthyevent.Sheevengolfedduringthedaytheonlywomantotaketothecourse.NotbadforsomeonefourmonthspregnantMusicfoodandgenerosityAlavishoutdoorcocktailhourbegantheeveningsactivitiescompletewithabandsushibarandbuffetofhotappetizers.ILAstafffriendsandfamilymingledwithanarrayofdonorswhodidnthesitatetosaywhatagreattimetheywerehaving.OneofthehighlightsformeissupportingILAwhileplayinggolfwithfriendssaidJohnCraneofShoreRoadCommunityServices.DaveBrauerofOrionSecurityLSPalsocommendedtheAgencyonawinningday.ThisisoneofthenicestgolfoutingsIvebeentoandIvebeentoquiteafew.ILAdoesterricthings.EightgeneroussupportersdonatediPadstobeusedatILAresidencestofacilitatecommunicationbetweenILAstaffnursesandIndividuals.Asalwaysa5050boardsilentauctionMahjongtournamentandrafesaddedtotheexcitementandgenerosity.LuckyrafewinnersreceivedaGiantsgiftbasketRangersticketsandaat-screentelevisiontonameafewprizes.AwardsandhonorsLongtimeILAsupporterJohnWhittyJr.ofTheDurstOrganizationreceivedahumanitarianaward.WhilepresentingtheawardtoJohnTinasaidIndependentLivingisgladTheDurstOrganizationhasbecomeourfundraisingpartner.ThroughthesupportofTheDurstOrganizationILAhasraisedhundredsofthousandsofdollarsthathasresultedindevelopmentallydisabledpeoplelivingsafelyincommunities.DeputyExecutiveDirectorFrankDeLuciarecognizedNassauCountyExecutiveEdManganoforgoingaboveandbeyondtofundSandyrelieftobetterpeoplewithdisabilities.FrankalongwithILAExecutiveDirectorArthurPalevskyandResourceSpecialistBenjaminSotopresentedaplaqueILAScoresaHole-in-OnewithSeventhAnnualGolfOutingByKellyKassContributingWriterByanymeasuretheSeventhAnnualILAGolfOutingatHarborLinksGolfCoursewasaGrandSlamagreatrecreationalandathleticeventafunsocialoccasionapricelessbondingamongfriendsandagreatfundraiserforILAIndividuals.PhotosbyBenjaminO.Sotocontinuedonpage98 toMr.ManganowhoexpressedhisappreciationfortheneworkILAdoesandallwhosupportitEverybodyintheworldhasacallingeverybodyintheworldhasability.Itsourjobtohelpthemreachtheirmaximumpotential.ManyhavetoldmealotaboutILAandtheworkthatyoudo.Imveryhonoredbythisawardbutmostimportantlyitsallofyouheretodaydiggingdeepinsideyourpocketstosupportthisorganizationwhoaremakingadifferenceinpeopleslives.ArthurpointedoutSomeofuscanrememberbeingtaughttotieourshoesorbeingtaughttocook.Wereabletolearnandtransferthoseskillstootherlifeskills.Peoplewhoaredevelopmentallydisabledmaynothavethatcapabilityorsomeotherlifeskills.Perhapstheyareunabletowalkortoexpressthemselves.Ourjobtoprovidethemwhattheyneedtoteachthemandtomakesuretheyliveagoodlifeinthecommunity.ILAdirectcarestaffinattendancestoodupandtookabowfortheircontinuedhardworkanddedication.Theirworkwasexhibitedonthebigscreenduringathree-minutevideoamontageofphotossettoinspiringmusicthatdepictedtheday-to-dayinteractionbetweendirectcarecounselorsandtheIndividualswhoaretheessenceoftheILAfamily.BobBentsonPresidentofBentsonInsuranceGroupandsponsorofmultipleILAgolfoutingsincludingthisyearsgolfdinnercommentedIthinkoneofthemostoutstandingpartsoftheoutingsishavingalotofILAemployeespresent.Itgivesusthechancetoputfacestothenamesofpeopleweveworkedandspokenwithandtoexperiencetheoutstandingworkthattheydowiththepeopleinthiscommunity.EmceeLeidalsonotedtheneworkofILAstaffTodaythestaffhasreallycaughtmyeyejustthewaytheyworkwithpeopletomakesuretheygettheresourcestheyneed.Itsjustanamazingrelationship.HardworkpaidoffKudosgotothe2013GolfCommitteeforajobwelldone.TanyaDinkinssaidManymonthsofplanningwentintothiseventbutitsallworthitforsuchagreatcause.Weenjoyit.Feedbackfromdonorsshowstheyfeelthesame.CraigRubinoofEconomicPlanningGroupInc.acosponsorofthegolfdinnerremarkedItsagreateventputonbygreatpeople.Wehadabeautifuldaywhichwasmorelikeasummerafternoon.Wereallyappreciatecomingouthereandsupportingagreatcause.Ilookforwardtonextyear.JoeCaracioloofEnvironeticsGroupInc.oneoftheeventsbronzesponsorswasalsoproudtotakepart.Itsbeenawonderfuldaywithgreatfriendsinagreatcommunitysupportingagreatcause.ThiswasmyrstILAgolfoutingsoitwaswonderfultomeeteveryonetoday.Illbebacknextyear9 OnDecember22HopeAvenueresidentsJermaineWillisandRonnieLeealongwithJohnLandgrafandStevenErwinfromBushAvenueattendedaspecialholidayeventsponsoredbytheFatherDrumgooleCouncilKnightsofColumbusinRichmondtownStatenIsland.Approximately75developmentallydisabledmenandwomenattendedtheBreakfastwithSantacelebrationwhichincludedanappearancebyHelloKittyacheerfulclownandKrisKringlehimself.IncidentManagementCoordinatorTheresaKolsinwhohelpedorganizethespiritedeventforILAsaidAfterhearingaboutourAgencywhileattendingILAsNovember1TexasHoldEmTournamentoneoftheKnightsofColumbusSalCuccoinvitedustohischaptersChristmasparty.Wewereprivilegedtoattendtheparty.Itwasagreatdaytheyhadsomuchfun.RonniesbrotherJerryLeeandsister-in-lawMaryLeecametocelebratewithhimanddancedthemorningaway.StevenwassingingallthecarolsfromhisseatandJermaineandRonnieweredancingtothemusic.Johnenjoyedwatchingeveryoneelsesinganddance.TheresareportedSantaandtheKnightsofColumbusgrantedallwishes.RonnieaskedforahatJermainerequestedawatchandJohnandStevensettheirsightsonafootballandatoycarrespectively.JoiningTheresaatthepartywereDirectSupportProfessionalsJaieemDegroatfromBushAvenueandFrancisBatamafromHopeAvenue.TheywerewonderfulTheresasaid.AreaCoordinatorLindaSchnabelalsoattended.WhatstoodoutthemostwerethegenerosityandthelovefromtheKnightsofColumbusstaffLindarecalled.TheyservedrefreshmentsprovidedentertainmentandhadagiftforeveryIndividual.Itwasatrulybeautifulexperience.TonyMarcianowhohelpedorganizethepartyfortheKnightsofColumbuswasthrilledtowelcomeILAtothefestiveoccasion.SalandIhavebeendoingthiseventforthelast30years.ThisistherstyearthatILAjoinedus.AssoonasSallearnedaboutILAhegavethemaninvitation.AttheKnightsofColumbuswereheretohelpthecommunity.OurmissionwastogiveIndividualsjoyfortheholidaysandprovideagoodtimeandafundayout.JudgingbyeveryonessmilingfacestheymettheirmissionILAmadeafriendinSalandTony.TheymadethisspecialdaypossibleTheresaremarked.TonyhasalreadygrantedILAaninviteforthe2014holidaypartyYoureinletsdoitagainthisyearILAIndividualsEnjoyHolidayCheeronStatenIslandByKellyKassContributingWriterLeftBushAvenueDirectSupportProfessionalJaieemDegroattakesinthefestivitieswithStevenErwinandJohnLandgraf.RightJermaineWillisbroughthisdancingshoestotheparty.PhotosbyTheresaKolsin10 OnasunnyFridayinAugusttheroofat110YorkStreetwastransformedintoatropicalparadiseforILAsStaffAppreciationevent.PeopledonnedtheirbestleisgrassskirtsandHawaiianshirtsduringadaythatrecognizedemployeescontinuedhardwork.TanyaDinkinsManagerofAdministrativeServicessaidthattheluauwasorganizedasasurpriseforYorkStreetstaffasecretthateventplannersmanagedtokeepforseveralweeksbeforethecelebration.JenniferHindsourHRDirectorchairedtheeventcommittee.ShealongwithAmandaVillacisBenjaminSotoCandisCumberbatchShermainJumppChaitraZieglerTishondaHarris-Walkerandmebrainstormedtocomeupwithsomethingdifferent.Itworked.ThestaffwerereallysurprisedTanyasaid.Staffmembersof110YorkStreetenjoyedgreatfoodcateredbyMeatSupremeMagicSoulFoodHabanaOutpostandPinkberry.ADJalsospunlivelytunes.OfcoursewhatluauwouldbecompletewithoutalimboWeorganizedagamecalledPasstheCoconut.WhenyouopeneditthereweregiftcardsandmovieticketsinsideasatokenofILAsappreciationTanyaexplained.ThethirdtimewasthecharmTheluaucommitteewasrelievedthattheAugusteventwentoffwithoutahitchinspiteoftwopreviouscancellations.WewereoriginallysupposedtoholdtheeventonJuly19buttherewasaheatwavethatweek.Havingalargegroupofpeopleonarooftopwouldhavebeenunbearable.OursecondattemptattheluauresultedinanothercancellationduetorainandpeoplesvacationsschedulesTanyarecalled.Luckilythatwasntthecasewiththethirdtry.AsaresulteveryonehadablastandthatsexactlywhatTanyaandherfellowcommitteememberswereplanningon.Havinganeventlikethisisreallyimportant.Ourstaffworksohardduringtheyear.Wewantthemtofeelappreciatedandknowthatwhattheydodoesnotgounnoticedshesaid.ILAHumanResourcesManagerJazmineHarperalsostressedtheimportanceofemployeerecognitionparticularlyduringatimeofNewYorkStatebudgetcuts.ThefactthatILAdoesacknowledgeitsdedicatedstaffisarealmoraleboostersaidJazmine.ItcausespeopletosayTheAgencystillrecognizesmyhardworkandeffort.Thatisenoughformanytopushforwardwiththeirgoodwork.JazmineisatestamenttoILAsrecognizingthehardworkofitsstaff.InjustsevenyearsshehasbeenpromotedtwiceandsheappreciatesthegrowthILAhasprovidedtoher.WorkmeetsplayOntheluauthemeJazminecommentedIthinkitwasfuneveryonelovesaluau.Havingitupstairswasagreatidea.Alotofushadneverbeenontheroofdeck.Inadditiontoitssceniccityviewsthevenuealsoofferedagoodworkoutforcommitteemembers.Ifeltforthemhavingtobringalltheresourcestotheroof.Onceyoureachthefthooritsthenthreemoreights.IttookeightpeopletogetthefooddrinksandDJequipmentupthere.IdliketoseethestaffappreciationeventoccurannuallybutonthethirdoororgroundlevelJazminejokes.ILACorporateComplianceSpecialistOdessaRichardswouldalsoliketoexperiencefutureluaus.Thewaythecommitteesetupthespacewasbeautiful.Ilovedwatchingeveryonedancesheremarked.Itgotpeopleoutoftheircomfortzoneswhichwasgreat.ThiswasthebesteventIveseeninthethreeyearsIveworkedattheAgency.InhismessagetothestaffExecutiveDirectorArthurPalevskykeptwiththeHawaiiantheme.MahalohesaidtheHawaiianwordforthankyou.HissentimentissharedbyILAsBoardofDirectorsadministrationandalltheIndividualswhocallILAtheirhome.StaffAppreciationAboundsatILAByKellyKassContributingWriterTherooftopofILAscentralofcesat110YorkStreetBrooklynbecamethesiteofalong-anticipatedsurpriseparty.TheresultsareobviousEveryonehadagreattime.PhotosbyJoelPerezandStevenBoniciOnasunnyFridayinAugusttheroofat110YorkStreetwastransformedintoatropicalparadiseforILAsStaffAppreciationevent.PeopledonnedtheirbestleisgrassskirtsandHawaiianshirtsduringadaythatrecognizedemployeescontinuedhardwork.TanyaDinkinsManagerofAdministrativeServicessaidthattheluauwasorganizedasasurpriseforYorkStreetstaffasecretthateventplannersmanagedtokeepforseveralweeksbeforethecelebration.JenniferHindsourHRDirectorchairedtheeventcommittee.ShealongwithAmandaVillacisBenjaminSotoCandisCumberbatchShermainJumppChaitraZieglerTishondaHarris-Walkerandmebrainstormedtocomeupwithsomethingdifferent.Itworked.ThestaffwerereallysurprisedTanyasaid.Staffmembersof110YorkStreetenjoyedgreatfoodcateredbyMeatSupremeMagicSoulFoodHabanaOutpostandPinkberry.ADJalsospunlivelytunes.OfcoursewhatluauwouldbecompletewithoutalimboWeorganizedagamecalledPasstheCoconut.WhenyouopeneditthereweregiftcardsandmovieticketsinsideasatokenofILAsappreciationTanyaexplained.ThethirdtimewasthecharmTheluaucommitteewasrelievedthattheAugusteventwentoffwithoutahitchinspiteoftwopreviouscancellations.WewereoriginallysupposedtoholdtheeventonJuly19buttherewasaheatwavethatweek.Havingalargegroupofpeopleonarooftopwouldhavebeenunbearable.OursecondattemptattheluauresultedinanothercancellationduetorainandpeoplesvacationsschedulesTanyarecalled.Luckilythatwasntthecasewiththethirdtry.AsaresulteveryonehadablastandthatsexactlywhatTanyaandherfellowcommitteememberswereplanningon.Havinganeventlikethisisreallyimportant.Ourstaffworksohardduringtheyear.Wewantthemtofeelappreciatedandknowthatwhattheydodoesnotgounnoticedshesaid.ILAHumanResourcesManagerJazmineHarperalsostressedtheimportanceofemployeerecognitionparticularlyduringatimeofNewYorkStatebudgetcuts.ThefactthatILAdoesacknowledgeitsdedicatedstaffisarealmoraleboostersaidJazmine.ItcausespeopletosayTheAgencystillrecognizesmyhardworkandeffort.Thatisenoughformanytopushforwardwiththeirgoodwork.JazmineisatestamenttoILAsrecognizingthehardworkofitsstaff.InjustsevenyearsshehasbeenpromotedtwiceandsheappreciatesthegrowthILAhasprovidedtoher.WorkmeetsplayOntheluauthemeJazminecommentedIthinkitwasfuneveryonelovesaluau.Havingitupstairswasagreatidea.Alotofushadneverbeenontheroofdeck.Inadditiontoitssceniccityviewsthevenuealsoofferedagoodworkoutforcommitteemembers.Ifeltforthemhavingtobringalltheresourcestotheroof.Onceyoureachthefthooritsthenthreemoreights.IttookeightpeopletogetthefooddrinksandDJequipmentupthere.IdliketoseethestaffappreciationeventoccurannuallybutonthethirdoororgroundlevelJazminejokes.ILACorporateComplianceSpecialistOdessaRichardswouldalsoliketoexperiencefutureluaus.Thewaythecommitteesetupthespacewasbeautiful.Ilovedwatchingeveryonedancesheremarked.Itgotpeopleoutoftheircomfortzoneswhichwasgreat.ThiswasthebesteventIveseeninthethreeyearsIveworkedattheAgency.InhismessagetothestaffExecutiveDirectorArthurPalevskykeptwiththeHawaiiantheme.MahalohesaidtheHawaiianwordforthankyou.HissentimentissharedbyILAsBoardofDirectorsadministrationandalltheIndividualswhocallILAtheirhome.StaffAppreciationAboundsatILAByKellyKassContributingWriterTherooftopofILAscentralofcesat110YorkStreetBrooklynbecamethesiteofalong-anticipatedsurpriseparty.TheresultsareobviousEveryonehadagreattime.PhotosbyJoelPerezandStevenBonici11 VisitoneofourresidencesandimmediatelythestrongbondsbetweenILAdirectsupportprofessionalsandIndividualsbecomeevident.ManyofourstaffevenworkextrashiftssuchasduringHurricaneSandytomakesureourresidentsreceiveround-the-clockcare.Whenpeopleworktogetherforanextendedperiodtheyoftenbecomelikefamily.Andthatsexactlythecaseineachofourhouses.AstheAgencyturns30yearsoldthisisanidealtimeforstafftoreectontheirfavoritememoriesofcaringforourIndividuals.Fromvacationanecdotestobreakthroughmomentsintreatmentseewhatstoriesdirectcarecounselorsclinicaldirectcarecounselorsandresidencesupervisorsholdclosetotheirhearts.TheconcludingcommentsbyCarmelaCiceroaparentaptlysummarizeswhythelaborofloveourstaffdoesmatterssomuch.IrisQuirindangoCDCCLamokaAvenueDoIhaveaspecicfavoritememoryHowabouteverythingIvebeenhere15years.Everydayisanicememory.IfIreturnfromvacationoradayoffandwalkthroughthedoortheIndividualssaytheymissedme.ThatmeansalotButthebestpartofmyjobistakingtheIndividualsoncommunityinclusionactivities.IrecentlytookmyIndividualsbowlingandtheyreallyenjoyedthemselves.EveniftheydidntknockallthepinsdownIencouragedthemtokeeptrying.Andnowtheywanttogobackandplayagain.Individualslovebeingoutinthecommunity.ItsgreatseeingthemsohappylikethetimetheyatecottoncandyandjellyapplesinConeyIsland.Lookingattheirfacialexpressionsthemthankingmewithahugandkisssayingtheylovemeisreallyrewarding.Youknowyouredoingagoodthing.MarieRoseReneCDCCFlatbushAvenueTheIndividualsareapartofmyfamily.Theresarealattachment.OneIndividualevenmemorizedmyphonenumber.ShecallsmetosaygoodnightandasksifIgothomeokay.YoutakecareofmeIneedtotakecareofyoushesays.Wealsoenjoytakingourresidentsintothecommunity.WevebeentoBroadwayshowsandMadameTussaudsWaxMuseum.Weeventookalimorideintothecityacoupleofyearsago.IalsotakeourIndividualsshoppingfornewclothes.Wepreparemenustogether.Itsveryrewardingtospendtimewiththem.DanielMikokuResidenceSupervisorHopeAvenueOneofmyfondestmemorieswithmyguyswastherstvacationItookwiththemin2010.Beinginanewenvironmentupstatemadeusallfeelrelaxed.Itbrokeuptheusualroutine.Weevenboughtmatchinghatsonashoppingexcursion.In2013wetookacruiseonLakeGeorge.Therewasmusicanddancing.Everyonehadanamazingtime.SinceHopeAvenueisanall-malehouse11residentsintotalthereisoftenalotofmalebondinggoingon.WerentmovieseverySundaywethrowparties.WearepartypeopleDoingthisjobseeingthequalityoflifeandexperiencingthejoyofmakingsomeoneelsesohappythathasfarmorevaluethanapaycheck.RuthMohammedDCCOceanAvenueWhenIrststartedworkingatOceanAvenue20yearsagoourresidentsweremuchyounger.Wetookwalksontheboardwalkandwatchedtheshipspass.Whenthecruiseshipssailedbyat5p.m.onaSaturdayorSundayourIndividualswouldaskWhencanIgoononeThoselongwalkswerereallynice.NowsomeofourresidentsaremedicallyfragileandnotasstrongastheyusedtobesoIcherishthoseboardwalkmoments.AnothergreatmemoryIhavewhileworkingatILAwasgoingonvacationatMohonkMountainHouseaboutsixyearsago.Everynightwasformaldressatdinnerwetookhorseandcarriageridesandhadteabythereplace.OurIndividualshadagreattime.Youcouldseethejoyintheirfaces.Itwasthebestvacationever.EvaMcKoyCDCC103ClintonAvenueWhenIthinkofhowmanymemorableDirectCareStaffReectonTheirFavoriteILAMemoriesByKellyKassMarciaMcIntoshResidenceSupervisorResidentialNurseCarltonAvenuewithPaulKellyPhotosbyTanyaDinkinsandBenjaminO.SotoEvaMcKoyCDCC103ClintonAvenuewithRobertoSequinotDanielMikokuResidenceSupervisorHopeAvenueandJamesFarrMichaelWilliamsResidenceSupervisorGarnetStreetleadingastaffmeeting12 momentsIvehadworkingwiththeIndividualsat103-109ClintonAvenueitshardtopickjustone.AlloftheIndividualshavetouchedmyheartandmylifedeeply.Itsbeenatwo-wayroadwhereIvelearnedsomuchfromthemandthemlearningfromme.OneofthebestmemoriesformeinvolvesaspecialIndividualnamedRobertoSequinot.Iveworkedwithhimsince1999andhesalwaysheldaspecialplaceinmyheart.Unfortunatelyhehadanaccidentafewyearsago.OnedayIpromisedIwouldgethimupandwalkingagain.Iwouldnotlethimfall.Irealizedhestillhadstrengthbutthefallscaredhim.AftertalkingwiththeOTandPTwhoworkwithRobertoIstartedkeepingmypromise.IknewIcouldhelpimpacthistherapybecauseofourspecialbond.OfcourseImadesureIworkedwithintheguidelinesofhisregimen.NotsurprisingtomeIstartedtoseeRobertogrowstrongereveryday.Weallworkedtogethertogethimbacktowherehewasbeforetheaccident.Robertonowwalkswithassistanceandmanyofhisothermotorfunctionsarealsoreturning.Wehavemoreworktodobutthatsokay.MyheartmeltseachtimeIwatchhimdosomethingforhimself.HesaysIdiditEyahisspecialwayofsayingmyname.IsimplyrespondIknewyoucoulddoit.Youdontneedme.MarciaMcIntoshResidenceSupervisorResidentialNurseCarltonAvenueSeeingasmileonourIndividualsfacesisveryimportanttome.Mypurposeistomakesuretheyarewellcaredforandtreatedwithrespectanddignity.AllofusatCarltonAvenuegreatlycareaboutourIndividuals.ThesameistrueatYorkStreet.OurExecutiveDirectormakessureILAresidentsreceivethebestcarepossible.ThatswhatskeptmeattheAgencyfornearly20years.SomeofmycolleaguesatCarltonAvenuehavebeenhere23-24years.YvetteBrutonhasbeenhere27years.TogetherweallmakesureIndividualsremainasindependentaspossibleandenjoyactivitiesthatanyaveragepersonenjoysfromtripstotheConeyIslandAquariumtomuseumexcursionstoCircleLinecruises.Whenitcomestohealthweadvocateforourresidentsandhelpthemthroughscarychallengingtimes.WhenoneofourIndividualshadcoloncancerin2006Iwenttheextramiletomakesurethatthesurgerywentwellandthatherecoveredpeacefully.HesnowsevenyearsinremissionthankstothegreatcareofILAstaffandthedoctorwhotreatedhim.MargaretYancyDCCJewettAvenueIalwaysmakesureourIndividualsarecomfortable.Iencouragethemtogetinvolvedindifferentactivitieswhetheritsplayingboardgamesorgoingforawalk.SomeIndividualswalkfasterthanIdoWhenIworkedasaDCCatLamokaAvenueoneoftheIndividualsBrianwasreallyaffectionate.AfterIreturnedtoworkfollowingatwo-weekillnessheimmediatelygavemeahugbecausehewassogladtoseeme.EventhoughInolongerworkatLamokahestillremembersme.ComingfromAfricawherethereisnogovernmentalresidentialassistanceforthedevelopmentallydisabledIthinkitsgreattoseeourAgencyenhancingthelivesofourIndividualsandbeingapartofthat.IcherishmyjobatILA.MichaelWilliamsResidenceSupervisorGarnetStreetOneofourresidentsDonnaisquitefragileat90pounds.Shehasosteoporosisandisnon-ambulatorysotheOTandPTworkwithherthreedaysaweek.WhatIsawtheotherdaywassoinspiringandamazing.AfteraverbalpromptfromtheOTPTDonnawasabletostandupfromherchairwithoutanyassistance.ThatwasthersttimeshewasabletodothatintheveyearsIvebeenhere.Shenowstandsandipsthroughmagazinesonherown.ItsreallyawesomeseeingDonnastandupindependently.Ifshecandothatmaybeshellbewalkingoneday.CarmelaCiceroDonnasmotherAswithanyMomitshardtoletyourchildgobutIwasfoolingmyselfintothinkingIcouldcareforDonnaaloneanymore.IamextremelygratefultoeveryoneatILA.StaffarebyDonnasside24hoursadayatdaytreatmentmeetingsorifsheneedstogotothehospital.AtILAsheisalwayskeptcleanandneatlydressed.ShedressesbetternowthanshedidwhenshewashomeStaffalsotakeherforhaircutstheygoonvacations.Theresidenceisalwaysaestheticallypleasing.Theresfreshpaintonthewallsandnewcurtainsonthewindows.Everythingisclean.OnedayIwitnessedIndividualscomingoffthebusandsawstaffgreetingthemwithlaughterandsmiles.IsaidThisisanicehome.ThisisDonnashome.IrisQuirindangoCDCCLamokaAvenuewithLawrenceMyersRuthMohammedDCCOceanAvenueMargaretYancyDCCJewettAvenue13 deterredhimfrommakingthemostofhisdaywhichhecontinuouslyfaceswithaninfectioussmile.Heissemiretiredfromadayhabilitationprogramwhichhestillattendsthreedaysaweek.OnoffdayshegoestomuseumsBroadwayshowsmovieszoosandrestaurants.ObservingVincentspenchantforsingingdancingandguitarplayingonewouldneverknowthathehastriumphedoversomuch.Heisatruewarrior.MostofuswouldnothavethestaminaordrivetoliveourlivesasjoyfullyasVincentdoes.Acomedianinhisownrightheknowshowtomakeeveryonelaugh.HebringsboundlessjoytothelivesofLenoxRoadresidentsstaffandcommunitymembers.Weloveandappreciatehimandweapplaudhisperseveranceandresilienceashecontinuestolivehislifetothefullest.ILAsownVincentFauciwholivesinourLenoxRoadResidencereceivedawell-deservedawardduringaJune24ceremonyheldbytheBrooklynDevelopmentalDisabilitiesCouncilBDDC.BDDChasmadeanannualeventofitsthoughtfulRecognitionAwardsDayduringaregularlyscheduledmonthlymeeting.IninvitingagenciestonominateindividualstheCouncilnotedEachdaypersonswithdevelopmentaldisabilitiesovercomeobstaclesandchallengesintheirquesttoachievegreaterindependenceandinclusion.Acerticateofrecognitionand10cashgiftbestowedonVincentduringanintimateceremonywastheCouncilswayofexpressingappreciationforthevaluehebringstothelifeofanyonewhomeetshim.RobertLashleyAssistantSupervisoroftheLenoxRoadResidencewhoaccompaniedVincenttotheceremonysuggestedthattheCouncilcouldnotpossiblyhavechosenabetterhonoree.VincentissuchawonderfulspiritsaidRobert.Hehassomuchenergyandcharismaandhesrolemodelforallofus.Vincent72hasenduredmanyhealthchallengesyetthesemedicalissueshavenotVincentFauciHonoredinBrooklynByJanetWoolwordResidenceSupervisorLenoxRoadResidenceVincentproudlyshowshisawardfromtheBrooklynDevelopmentalDisabilitiesCouncilPhotobyRobertLashleyVincentFaucireceivinghisrecognitionawardfromPaulCassoneExecutiveDirectorCEOoftheGuildforExceptionalChildrenandChairoftheBrooklynDevelopmentalDisabilitiesCouncil.PhotobyRobertLashleyStaffWatchAnnWelbeckthecommunityoffersrst-rateprogramstotreatautism.Mysonshousesupervisorsappreciatemyinput.WhenitcomestoKeithIdosaythisishowitshouldbedone.TheyrespectmyopinionsbecauseofmypositionatILA.InadditiontobeingveryactiveinhersonslifeMs.WelbeckisinvolvedwithherlocalparishAllSaintsEpiscopalChurchwhichservedasarehearsalspaceforDancingwiththeILAStarslastyear.Ms.Welbeckalsooccasionallyrevisitshertravel-agentrootsbookingtripsandotheroutingsforfriendsandclients.ShesalsodonesometravelingherselfvisitingherboyfriendinHamburgGermanyandherfamilyinGhana.IloveBelgium.IfIcouldspeakFlemishIwouldlivethereshesays.LookingtowardthefutureWhenaskedwheresheseesherselfattheAgencyin5-10yearsMs.WelbecksaysEverytimeImaskedthisquestionIhavetosmilebecausebeingwhereImcomingfromandwhereIamgoingIhavetotakeitonedayatatime.NotthatImpushingmyselftoimprovemylifeitsjustthewaymysituationisrightnow.EachdayIworkveryhard.IfanopportunityhappenstocomeaboutIwillembraceit.SometimesIplanondoingsomethingbutlifegetsintheway.MeanwhileMs.Welbecksuggeststhatweallsimplywakeupinthemorningandknowyourealive.Itdoesntmatterifthesunisoutorifitsraining.Putasmileonyourface.Dontworryaboutthingsyoudontknow.Liveinthemoment.Takethingsonedayatatimeandhelpsomeonealongtheway.SpeakingaboutherIndividualsshesaysIwouldliketothinkImmakingadifference.IfonedayImnothereanymoreIwouldlikethemtofeelAnnwashereAnndidthisforthem.continuedfrompage314 GREATERHEIGHTSByTishondaHarris-WalkerRecruitmentSpecialistCongratulationstothefollowingstaffwhorecentlyreceivedpromotionsAleshaJarrettfromDirectCareCounselorOnCalltoMedicaidServiceCoordinatorRolandPaisleyMaintenanceStaffGarnetStreettoMaintenanceMechanicBarryScottonMaintenanceStaffFloatertoMaintenanceMechanicRomeoStephensDirectCareCounselor49MadisonAvenuetoRegisteredNurseWELCOMEABOARDByTishondaHarris-WalkerRecruitmentSpecialistTheILAfamilywelcomesthefollowingnewhiresGregoryAhne-DiFrancescoAssistantResidenceSupervisorBushAvenueDevonBhagwandinInternYorkStreetPamelaDavidsonResidentialAssistantYorkStreetAliyaDowell-QuickAssistantResidenceSupervisorCharlesAvenueCindyLeacockAssistantResidenceSupervisor50thStreetDeniseMarcinakAssistantResidenceSupervisorLamokaAvenueTeresaMoserHumanResourcesInternYorkStreetWinsomeRogersRegisteredNurseBrooklynWithgreatsadnessforourlossbutprofoundgratitudeforthejoytheybroughttoourlivesILAannouncesthepassingoftwospeciallong-timeILAresidentsAngelRodriguezandDerrickThompkins.AngelRodriguezAngellivedatourWest48thStreetResidence.HeleftusonJanuary2atage56aftersome20yearsintheILAfamily.EveryonewhoknewhimrealizesthathemadeourAgencyabetterplace.Hisclose-knitfamilycontributedtohissweetnature.HismotherwaseverythingtohimandhissisterZoraidawastheonlypersonwhocouldmakehimcommittodoinganythingthathewouldhaveotherwiserefusedtodo.AsabilingualmanofLatinoheritageAngelwasanavidfanofsalsamusicandevenwenttotheCopacabanainNewYorkCitytotakesalsadancinglessons.HismusiccollectionwaslegionandhewasextremelygivingwithwhatheownedsharinghisCDswithfriends.Oncethatkindnessgotthebestofhimashegavehisfamilysrentmoneytohisgirlfriend.Angeltrulywasalovingmanandwelovedhimrightback.HispresencewillbemissedatWest48thStreet.DerrickThompkinsDerrickThompkinswholivedat691MadisonStreetforover15yearspassedawayonDecember25atage59.Derrickwasagreatpersonalityatrulyoutgoinggentleman.Hewouldbethersttogreetguestsinourhomeandengagethemingood-naturedconversations.Hewastrulyaladysmanwithasoftspotinhisheartforthosehecalledbeautifulwomenasmostfemalesinourneighborhoodwouldattestandhewaslegendaryforlightinguptheirfaceswithhispresenceduringroutinecommunitywalks.DerrickwouldteasethemthathewasgoingtobuythemaringandmarrythemonhispreferreddateofAugust19.DerrickenjoyedbuyingCDsandespeciallycherishedhiscollectionofoldiesbyartistssuchasMichaelJacksonMarvinGayeandSteveWonder.Hisloveofmusicmadeitsoeasytobuymuchdeservedpresentsforhim.Hewasalsofondoftheuniformedprofessions.Hetookhisdreamofworkinginoneoftheseprofessionsseriouslyenoughtoserveablyasasafetymonitorinhisdayprogram.Buthehadagreatsenseofhumorabouthispassion.IfourstaffwouldeverhavetodoubleparkaresidencevehicleevenforamomentDerrickwouldnotbefarawaythreateningtogiveusaticket.ILAwillalwaysrememberDerrickswonderfulspirit.ILALosesTwoFriendsByJonelleBestAreaCoordinatorandNevillePunchResidenceSupervisor691MadisonStreetInAppreciationILAdoesnotforgetforamomentabouthowyourcontributionsaddgreatvaluetooureffortswhetheryouvolunteeryourtimedonatefundsoradvocateforourcause.WethankyouforyoursupportandhopeyoucontinuewithusonourjourneytohelpourIndividualslivealifeofdignityandpossibility.15 IndependentLivingAssociationJohnP.WelchFOUNDERBoardofDirectorsMichaelKassPRESIDENTANDCHAIRMANMarvinO.HollowayJr.LCSWACSWDCSWRECORDINGSECRETARYExecutiveStaffArthurPalevskyEXECUTIVEDIRECTORFrankDeLuciaCHIEFFINANCIALOFFICERANDDEPUTYEXECUTIVEDIRECTORAvaMorganDIRECTOROFOPERATIONSBarbaraR.KirwinPh.D.JerryGlassmanCPAMarshaWillnerBAMSDavidA.BlumCarltonT.ButlerEsq.HenryGayerEditorPhilipVassalloContributingWriterKellyKassDesignMarketingWorksILAadherestotheprinciplesofMedicaidCompliance.PleasedirectanyconcernstoRichardGruberCorporateComplianceOfcerwhocanbereachedat718-852-2000x122orbyemailrgruberILAonline.org.AnyonewishingtoleaveacondentialmessagecancalltheCorporateComplianceHotlineat718-858-1204.ILASPECTATOR110YorkStreetBrooklynNY11201p718-852-2000f718-852-2027ILAonline.orginfoILAonline.orgILAGetsSocialByKellyKassContributingWriterILAofciallyjoinedthesocialmediaworldtheAgencynowhasaFacebookpageandaTwitteraccountHavingapresenceonthesepopularsocialmediasiteswillhelpraiseawarenessabouttheAgencywhileprovidingtheinformationaboutourservicesfundraisersandcommunityevents.ItsalsoanadditionalwayforILAtostrengthenitsonlinenetworkofsupporterswhilestayinguptodateonthelatestnewsaffectingourAgencyandthoseweserve.SospreadthewordandLikeourIndependentLivingAssociationFacebookpageandfollowusonTwitterILAOnline.HowcanyoudirectlyaffectthelivesofthespecialpeopleILAservesWedependonprivatedonationswhichgodirectlyintoourprogramstoprovideworld-classservicesforhundredsofIndividualswithdevelopmentaldisabilities.Ifyouarereadingthismessageweconsideryouanimportantpartofourfamilyvitaltofulllingourmission.Forthisreasonweinviteyoutoparticipateinourfundraisingappeal.Webelievethisendeavorisessentialtomaintainingourhighqualityofservices.TosucceedweneedyourhelpYourcontributionmakesadifference.Askusaboutplannedgivingestateplanningorevenacommemorativedonationtohonoralovedone.ConsiderILAinyourlegacyyoucantouchthelifeofsomeonewhoneedsyou.IfyouwanttomakeadonationpleasemakecheckspayabletoIndependentLivingAssociation100YorkStreetBrooklynNewYorkNY11201.Formoreinformationpleasecallusat718852-2000.MakingaDifference